Wether Republican or Democrat, every American should be appalled by the brash accusations of Geraldine Ferraro. As one of the leaders of the Democratic party, and a superdelegate in the upcoming convention, Madeline Ferraro continues to disgrace her party each time she speaks. A few weeks ago I wrote about her opinion that the superdelegates were indeed "super", as in superior to the other members of the party. On Friday an interview was printed in which Geraldine Ferraro basically dubbed Barack Obama as an affirmative action candidate, with nothing to offer other than his skin color.
"I think what America feels about a woman becoming president takes a very secondary place to Obama's campaign - to a kind of campaign that it would be hard for anyone to run against," she said. "For one thing, you have the press, which has been uniquely hard on her. It's been a very sexist media. Some just don't like her. The others have gotten caught up in the Obama campaign.
"If Obama was a white man, he would not be in this position," she continued. "And if he was a woman (of any color) he would not be in this position. He happens to be very lucky to be who he is. And the country is caught up in the concept." Ferraro does not buy the notion of Obama as the great reconciler.
Wether or not Ferraro buys into the notion of Obama being the "great reconciler" is irrelevant to the fact that it is her opinion Obama is only successful because of his skin color. This type of identity politics has plagued the Democratic party and will continue to do so until it's leaders focus on issues more than skin color or gender.
Regardless of Obama's skin color, he is an eloquent speaker in the mold of Bill Clinton who has the power to excite a crowd. Mrs. Ferraro seems to believe that if it were not for his skin color however, Americans would not accept him as a serious candidate due to his lack of experience. She neglects the fact that Hillary Clinton suffers from the same shortfalls as Obama with that regard, as the majority of her "experience" stems from her being married to a successful politician, rather than being successful in her own right. Should we then assume that had Hillary Clinton not slept with the former President she would not be in the position she is in?
Wether we like it or not, this type of identity politics is with us to stay for the remainder of the primary season. As Ed Morrissey points out:
Ferraro and the Democrats can't make a much better case for Hillary to be President than they can for Obama. That problem will remain with them regardless of which candidate eventually wins the nomination, and despite Ferraro's protests, neither will win it on the strength of experience or on policy. The Democrats have gone all-in for identity politics at the expense of both, and Ferraro's complaints ring very hollow indeed.
There is an old saying that beauty is only skin deep. For Democrats voting in this years primary, their choice is just as shallow.